Monday, July 23, 2007

Sex Offender Caught Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Gaston P. Ossou was arrested around 6:00 PM on June 18th at North Street on Munjoy Hill, and charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.

A neighbor alerted police after witnessing Ossou passing around a bottle in a paper bag to a group of teenagers, with some of them taking swigs. A 10-year-old boy was with this group. When Ossou saw the approaching police car, he threw the bag into the bushes of the house next door. The bag, which contained malt liquor, was retrieved.

On July 6, Ossou pleaded guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a fine of $500.

On July 13th, police went door-to-door notifying residents in the area of Quebec and North Streets about Ossou, a 38-year-old man living at 75 Quebec Street. Police say he moved to Portland two years ago from New York, where he had been convicted of second degree sodomy of a child, and is a registered sexual offender.


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